The Addictive Quality of The ‘Sweet Life’

A simple life preserves the self-control a healthy brain affords the body and therefore the brain.

Lifestyle and addiction may not appear to be bedfellows on first glance.

We have all been exposed to the problems with the western or modern diet or the pitfalls of being overweight and eating too much sugar each meal.

Our lack of simplicity leads to overuse or addiction to many things in todays world.

An experiment in using the simple life has brought me a personal experience with the richness in living a simple way.

I experience better control over my appetite for people, things and places when I eliminate sugar from my diet for 30 days.

I experience self control which allows me to decide what to stop and what to act on in my life.

I like to read, write and study.

I do this to experience self control and satiate my natural curiosity.

As a consequence I experience a simple life that give me more compassion, patience and simplicity which seems to provide a life that is more peaceful, manageable and cooperates with society.

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Notes To Yourelf

How much can you practice living life? Can you sustain your fear of dying? Do you sense this moment or failure your enemy expresses when he rages about killing you or others who seem to be the ‘other’ or ‘the same’ or ‘one’? Be blunt, tell me you are afraid and coward away from the mothering or producing of death.

Show me your naive and innocent ways. No practice in killing or murder, raping or beating of some or many people. Keep up this innocent practice of non-violence. Even when you crave to beat or rape or want or desire to murder or kill another.

Now practice non-violence with kindness, compassion, patience and do no harm.

Now practice accepting your anger and managing your anger when you are getting angry and starting to act on anger. Yet practice non-violence and do no harm. And feel this bitter sweet anger until you can ‘feel the urge to act’ subside.

Now practice all your life this way as long and as often you are willing and able. Practice being naive about and innocent about killing, murder, beating self or others, no desire or craving to harm yourself or others.

Practice being kind, safe, calm, compassionate while managing any or some or even all the anger you trigger within yourself and accept it or extinguish the urge as much as you are able. And use your patience to suffer any lingering desire to act on your anger.

Know yourself and your being out of control and harming yourself and others. Admit your acts of violence, even when you have stopped living with people who act more violently or more often than yourself. Learn to be more compassionate towards this part of yourself. And to be more compassionate to more violent people.

Know your violent self and other’s not to mimic or act like but to accept and learn to be non-violent.

This is the best way to live life. Open and honestly, most of the time, and becoming more or less violent and non-violent for more or most of your life.

Now, journal about it, if you must or use your journaling as a tool to express your own harm to yourself and others to help yourself cope with the stress of anger or acting on anger and other forms of aggression in your own or others day to day living.

This is living a compassionate non-violent lifestyle. This is only for you. If you choose to share it, do it when you are helping yourself or others live this way. Remember, this is a personal practice to help yourself and loved ones live a good life.

Inside A Life

Fight hard to keep awake to avoid autopilot.

Clear the mind and move the body.

Make your own decisions for everything you are.

Habits: engage, exercise,eat, sleep, study, move, posture,

“Keep Calm And Carry On”. AFRICA!

Do your best,

Past the test,

Challenge, engage, less is more,

Curiosity: keep: calm,safe,,moving and engaged with life.

Altered

Eating is altered, how?

Emotionally, mentally, physically?

Socially, societally?

Support yourself through absence, use and proper use of impression.

Support through intermitting fasting, resting, sleeping, exercise, nutrition and living a ‘good life’ or in the best way you know.

Find a balance through positive change to repair your ‘altered’ ways that cause harm.

Living a the good life is ‘doing no harm’.

Don’t concentrate on that thought, feeling, action or belief-unless it will go and do no harm.

Be calm, still and silent.

Find a good life socially, in a society or a world citizen way.

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The Challenges Of Being

The courage to be.

If a coward, stop and try to be a hero.

The compassion to be.

If hateful, fill your heart with love.

The self-awareness to be.

If unknow to yourself, bring your mind to bare on yourself.

The thought to be.

If ignorant, fill your mind with being.

To be or not to be,

Remember, do no harm.

Be calm, be still, be silent.

Practice thinking about love,

Practice being a hero,

Practice love in all your affairs,

Practice being aware of yourself,

This is the proper use of impression or living the good life.

To do this even when you are altered is a good way to be.

The Proper Use Of Impressions: Desire Vs. Aversion

In this dialogue, Epictetus is talking to me about the need to work on the proper use of impressions. He is elaborating on Virtue as good and the practice we call a good life.

Epictetus: I wish you would stop reading and writing about philosophy and just live it.

Me: I am doing it. But I am a little sketchy on a few points.

E: It is easier to act on aversion and more complex to act on desire. You can see the problem more clearly when you act on aversion. You already have some habits that will help you change.

M: Common sense, the same kind of sense that makes it a practice to live the ‘good life’. It is better to do this than to write or talk or read about it. But I am not sure if I understand when to start acting on desire as a good habit.

E: That is difficult until you become proficient at living rather than study. As we build stronger and better habits, we learn what we need to do or be. We need to work on desire once we do enough to think more deeply about our life and therefore build more complex habits.

M: So, when I stopped on aversions to me like eating junk food, sugar, alcohol, meat: these bad habits taught me about aversion. But when I took supplements, the desire taught me when they became adverse and I stopped doing it.

E: I guess you are right. But the habits get harder the worse the habit. Sometimes the habits is designed around thought loops that obscure your awareness and will make action improper or confusing at best.

But as we get more grey with our thinking we can illuminate or become more aware of our reality and learn to help ourselves, family and friends. But it is too difficult to help much more than this in one life.

M: I am looking at what I want out of life. The consequences are of the utmost importance to me. I am deciding what is best. How to be or do the best I can.

E: Yes, and that is all any of us can do. Try to do it as much as you can. It is a good life, legacy, it is virtue.

M: You make a good teacher. I am grateful for your help in clearing up these questions of mine.

E: Do me a favor and get on with it as much as you dare. You can help me a lot more than you know. Be a good person, relative or friend.

Mastering Impressions

Remember that first impression, it’s hard to do.

It’s effortless, but not instant.

Why? Because it is a kind of ‘love’.

The philosophy behind any great impression is always hard won.

It’s never a matter of luck.

It’s new, it’s part of you.

You just made it, but it took your whole life (up to that point) to do.

A Taoist or Stoic Approach To Fear

Philosophy, applied with good practice can heal all wounds.

Perhaps, it is safer to say that Taoism and Stoicism have much in common and both approach the practice of overcoming or ‘dancing with fear’ (by Paul Foxman) in much the same manner.

To build a practice which will benifit the practitioner is best.

The Taoist uses central or core principles like ‘compassion, simplicity and patience’.

Specifically, it is best to follow what science can prove is best.

The lizard brain is practicing fight and flight all the time in a black and white way.

We can over ride this part of our brain as we become conscious of our fear and identify it specifically for our situation.

The frontal cortex allows us to make decisions in a much greyer or rational way.

We can also exercise our motivation to excite and engage our opportunities that are sometimes identified for us by our lizard brains or feelings of fear.

Most of us can identify with situations like procrastination, inability to commit, or a number of other common humanly problems that tend to create a fight or flight response.

Stoics are more akin to cognitive therapy which helps us build practices from which we are apt to build even bigger learning opportunities.

Philosophers like myself identify concepts like these and create an experiment of one to find skills that also mimic applied psychology or philosophy.

I suggest books like Dancing with Fear: Overcoming Anxiety in a World of Stress and Uncertainty by Paul Foxman and Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu and Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus.

Sometimes, mistakes happen for a reason.